From the Editor

by Susan Weidman Schneider

 Learning to live in the moment is no easy feat for Jews. While much of Jewish ritual and liturgy is supposed to help us stay put in the moment, keeping us focused—prayers for arising, blessings over different foods at mealtime, activities to be performed at specified times—we Jews are also specialists at anticipation. At Purim time we’re smelling Pesach in the air. In August shofar blasts sound in synagogue a full month in advance of Rosh Hashanah. Appreciating the present and not living for some defeated gratification in the future is hard to do. While Jewish practice is rooted in quotidian reality, steeped in time, most of us are on the path to some goal far off from today. The women we all know are asking. When do I graduate? How long will it take me to finish my PhD thesis? When will I have grandchildren?

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